Thoughts on Feeding 5,000

Greetings from the sunny Brook Cherith, Friends! I hope and pray that you are strengthened, encouraged, and excited by what the Lord is working at this late prophetic hour. Certainly, every day, the news is filled with more crazier and crazier activities by those working to hand over power to the coming antichrist; but we should especially more and more keep our eyes looking unto Jesus, His promises, and our Father's hand at work - at such a dark and weary midnight hour.

Indeed, it is awaiting the Bridegroom that spurs the Bride to rise up, trim up, brighten up, adorn up, prepare, and eagerly - and zealously - anticipate That Day (Titus 2:11-15).

"For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort [invite, implore], and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee."

As we see the day approaching, we should be watching ourselves, taking heed to ourselves, and also exhorting fellow believers to rise up in a life of love and service for our Redeemer. And so much the more!!

Yes, it is a tiring, exhausting, and wearying time; but that is when burning lamps, girded loins, and working hands are needed the most. The lateness of the hour - where we are awaiting the blessed hope - should resonate all the more in our actions, our speech, demeanor, and all that we say and do. This burning love - translated into tangible expressions - comes only as a result of our fellowship, communion, and prayerful life with our Redeemer.

The Apostle Paul implores us that as we see the day approaching - when so many prophetic events will be suddenly propelled together - we will all the more need to be drawing nigh to our Redeemer with a true heart (Heb 10:22). Indeed, this is Christ's own warning as well (Luke 21:36): "Watch ye therefore, and pray always..." A heart of prayer, an ear that hears, and true and genuine communion before our Father - all of this is vitally important at the midnight hour.

Our Redeemer is looking for a peculiar people - true hearted and faithful disciples - who will voluntarily take up their cross in self-denial, to place Him first and highest above all else in their life. They will have an ear that is turned toward His lips, toward His Word, toward His face, and toward His desires. And then, their heart, hands, and lips will also echo what the Spirit saith (Rev 22:16).

"I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely."

"Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us." - Psalm 123:2

Those from the Middle East - a region that uses a lot of non-verbal communication gestures - are most familiar with what the Psalmist describes. We wait - attend - with our eyes. When He shews us something that must be attended to, it is our service to follow through. The hands and feet should follow the eyes.

Servants wait (attend) on their masters; just like wait staff at a restaurant attend to the patrons. As servants of Christ, our Master desires to find us with our loins girded in service, and with our lights burning - when He comes. For us to shine the brightest, our eyes must be always locked onto the hands and countenance of our Master; to where we notice His gestures, direction, leading, and pointing for what He would have us do.

Friend, here at this late prophetic hour - where we are implored to be looking unto Jesus, and drawing nigh to Him with a true and zealous heart - we must be attentive to that He will also be speaking to our eyes. He will shew us things at this late hour. He will bring our path to something that He wants us to behold and observe. But it is not for morbid curiosity; or to whittle away the time of the servant. The Master expects His servants to be listening with their eyes; and this will be demonstrated by what they are attending to, as they see the day approaching.

It is amazing, humbling, and sobering to reflect on all that the Lord has shewn us here; and is presently shewing us about the whiteness of the harvest at this prophetic threshold. As mentioned in our last video, we have a responsibility that few others have been given: we have an entire printable Library of resources that our Father has provided us over this learning journey. What are we doing with it? Are we servants who think our Master has only shewn it to us for us to shrug our shoulders, and hope that some other servant does something with what the Master wants done? Do we try to divert our eyes to something else to not think about what He is pointing to? What are we doing, when we look unto Jesus at this late hour?

I can guarantee you that He is looking right back at you and me, when He motions to us.

The past few days the Lord has 'randomly' brought up, several times, the account of the five loaves and two fishes (Matthew 14:15-21; Mark 6:37-44; Luke 9:13-17; John 6:5-13). What should arrest our attention is that the account starts with Christ plainly telling the disciples what He wanted done: "...give ye them to eat." While Christ knew what He would do, He still put the command, need, and logistical situation to the disciples. They asked around, and apparently only one lad volunteered that he had something to chip in - five loaves and two fishes. When the disciples reported back with this report, Christ responded with: "Bring them hither to me."

Christ gave a command that He wanted His servants to do. He awaited their studying of how they could do that. He also was aware of their report. But He then acted on their report, and still asked for them to place into His hands what they had. And notice - logistically - what happened next. Christ did not wave His hand and make a huge pile of fish appear; nor did He make a giant pile of bread loaves appear. Nor did He suddenly make a 7-piece bread and fish meal appear in everybody's lap. Why didn't He do it the fast and quick way? How did He do it?

Notice that His next instruction was to divide up the multitude into groups of fifty. Christ took the larger need - well over 5,000 people - and broke it down into smaller, manageable groups. Christ then blessed the five loaves and two fishes, and then started handing out smaller chunks - from only five loaves and two fishes - to the disciples. And then the disciples handed those chunks out to the multitude. Little piece by little piece; for an effort to reach well over 5,000 people. That is logistically how Christ did it - and how He knew He would do it, before He even told His disciples to feed well over 5,000 people. One piece at a time.

What should further stir our attention, is that in each of the four Gospels, it records that Christ also commanded them to gather up all those fragments that He - and the disciples - handed out, afterwards, "that nothing be lost." It mentions that they filled twelve baskets. We must consider that Christ took one lad's 7-piece meal, and made AT A MINIMUM 35,000 pieces just for the men; and at least 70,000 pieces assuming double count for women and kids! And then He had them gather up several baskets worth - so that it would not be lost. You see, our Saviour knows the value and importance of even fragments of five loaves and two fishes. Indeed, this is how He chose to go about accomplishing a task that the disciples thought impossible: broken up into groups, step by step, piece by piece.

Friends, the Lord has really used this to impress upon me the power - and the expectation - that Christ will deliberately choose the least things and actions, in order to accomplish what He wants His servants to do. This is also why He is looking for faithfulness in the little and 'least' things. We don't know the lad's name; but I can imagine that the disciples were greatly thoughtful of that lad's willingness; and how Christ used such a lad's lunch.

"When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do." (John 6:5-6)

Christ asked Philip this question - to prove (test) Philip. It was because the Master was watching His servants; to see what they would do when He brought up a need and opportunity.

Friend, let us watch and pray - keeping our eyes unto our Lord and Saviour - and having loins girded in service to respond to what He shews us: HEARING Him (with our ears and eyes), HEEDING (obeying) Him, LOVING Him, and SERVING Him - FIRST - and HIGHEST ABOVE ALL ELSE!!

Looking unto Jesus - till He comes!!

Brother Daniel


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